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Diamonds are Forever (James Bond) (original 1956; edition 2012)

by Ian Fleming

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Title:Diamonds are Forever (James Bond)
Authors:Ian Fleming
Info:Thomas & Mercer (2012), Paperback, 245 pages
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Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming (1956)

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Dia­monds are For­ever by Ian Flem­ing is the fourth novel fea­tur­ing British Secret Ser­vice agent James Bond, 007. The book was first pub­lished in 1956.

James Bond is assigned an under­cover inves­ti­ga­tion of a dia­mond smug­gling oper­a­tion from Sierra Leone to the United States. The oper­a­tion is headed by the Spang broth­ers, two mobsters.

Aided by Tiffany Case, Bond’s con­tact to the smug­gling ring, and Felix Leiter, Bond’s CIA con­tact, the agent dis­cover the many cor­rupt activ­i­ties of the mobsters

Dia­monds are For­ever by Ian Flem­ing was not as mem­o­rable as the nov­els before it. I enjoyed the sto­ry­line and that the char­ac­ter of James Bond grows, but the rest seemed to be a bit slow and less interesting.

Mr. Flem­ing could not write Las Vegas, the city seems to be lack­lus­ter in his writ­ing and the Vegas mob is no match for Bond. M, Bond’s boss, seems to think that the mob­sters are worse than the Rus­sians, I half expected him to either be jok­ing (unlikely) or get fired for being unable to read the enemy (he didn’t).

The one thing that does go for this book is that Mr. Flem­ing actu­ally devel­ops the female lead, really, the effort shows. Tiffany Case is a well-rounded char­ac­ter, with a per­son­al­ity and a won­der­ful sense of humor. One can see why Bond is smit­ten by her and enjoys her company.

The first half of the book is not very excit­ing, and sec­ond half of the book gets much bet­ter, but not enough the save the whole. A mediocre book which was, appro­pri­ately, made into a very mediocre movie, the two have very lit­tle in com­mon, but it is a sweet coincidence.

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  ZoharLaor | Mar 18, 2016 |
One of two Bond books I read on the beach in Cancun over the holidays this year. Always a great time. The movies are fun of course, but the novels are more enjoyable for me. The usual Fleming issues are here—sometimes sub-par dialogue, period racism, ridiculous American characters—but he was a tremendous describer of things and places and people. Not as great as others, but still much fun. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 3, 2016 |
Diamonds, a fixed horse race,Las Vegas, the mob, a steam locomotive, and of course, Bond. ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
Diamonds, a fixed horse race,Las Vegas, the mob, a steam locomotive, and of course, Bond. ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
Diamonds, a fixed horse race,Las Vegas, the mob, a steam locomotive, and of course, Bond. ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
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James Bond surveyed the glittering diamonds that lay scattered across the leather surface of M's desk and wondered what it was all about.

The quiet grey eyes were watching him thoughtfully.

Then M took the pipe out of his mouth and drily gave Bond details of the assignment of which even M was afraid. And Bond walked out of the Headquarters of the Secret Service into his greatest adventure.

supersonic John Buchan - Listener

the best thriller of the season - Birmingham Post
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Double Oh Seven
fights American gangsters
who smuggle diamonds.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142002054, Paperback)

"Listen, Bond," said Tiffany Case. "It’d take more than Crabmeat Ravigotte to get me into bed with a man. In any event, since it’s your check, I’m going to have caviar, and what the English call “cutlets”, and some pink champagne. I don’t often date a good-looking Englishman and the dinner’s going to live up to the occasion."

Meet Tiffany Case, a cold, gorgeous, devil-may-care blonde; the kind of girl you could get into a lot of trouble with—if you wanted. She stands between James Bond and the leaders of a diamond-smuggling ring that stretches from Africa via London to the States. Bond uses her to infiltrate this gang, but once in America the hunter becomes the hunted. Bond is in real danger until help comes from an unlikely quarter, the ice-maiden herself …

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British secret agent James Bond assumes the identity of a captured courier and solicits the help of gorgeous Tiffany Case, the diamond smugglers' American go-between.

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